33MD for April 21, 2009

POSTED: Tuesday, April 21, 2009 - 6:42pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 10:58pm

Natural oil from Himalayan Oregano may be able to wipe out the deadly hospital superbug MRSA. British and Indian scientists are working together to look at how natural oil from Himalayan Oregano can work against MRSA. They say the herb contains potent anti-bacterial properties. Ben Heron of Biolaya Organics says, “For the last 2-3 years, we have been researching its antibacterial properties, in particular against the hospital infections hat have become resistant to antibiotics. And we have found that this is a very effective antibacterial and antifungal agent.” The Oregano was thought to have no culinary or medicinal value. In fact, cows and goats won’t even eat it. The local term for it means “useless grass.” The Centers for Disease Control estimates MRSA kills about 19,000 Americans each year. More research is needed in order to effectively use the herb in treatment against the bacteria.

Watch out if you’re a fan of ordering your food “very well done.” A new study finds eating charred meat makes you 60% more likely to develop pancreatic cancer. Researchers think it’s because of substances produced in the meat when it’s cooked at high temperatures. They only saw the link in meats that were fried, grilled, or barbecued, not baked or stewed.

Ladies looking for a snack should skip the chips and sweets and reach for some walnuts. A new Marshal University study finds eating walnuts helps women fight breast cancer. Using mice, doctors found those who ate the equivalent of two ounces of walnuts a day were less likely to develop breast cancer tumors. Researchers credit the omega three fatty acids, antioxidants, and natural plant chemicals found in walnuts for the benefit.

A new study finds a link between Parkinson’s disease and pesticides in people. Scientists had previously found the link in animals. The pesticides experts looked at are used on crops like potatoes, dry beans, and tomatoes. Researchers found that years of exposure increase the risk of Parkinson’s by 75%. The study appears in the “American Journal of Epidemiology.”